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adv. & adj.
In as fast a tempo as possible. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. pres·tis·si·mos
A prestissimo passage or movement.
[Italian, superlative of presto, presto; see presto.]
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(Music, other) to be played as fast as possible
n, pl -mos
(Music, other) a piece or passage directed to be played in this way
[C18: from Italian: very quickly, from presto fast]
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pres•tis•si•mo(prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ, -ˈsti sə-)
at the most rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).
[1715–25; < Italian: most quickly]
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|Adj.||1.||prestissimo - (of tempo) as fast as possible|
fast - at a rapid tempo; "the band played a fast fox trot"
|Adv.||1.||prestissimo - extremely fast; as fast as possible; "this passage should be played prestissimo"|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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